Nigerian Leaders Panegyrics As Akinwumi Gets Another 5 Years As AfDB President

Yemisi Izuora

President Muhammadu Buhari, has led other top Nigerian personalities in congratulatory messages to Dr. Akinwumi Adesina on his re-election, as African Development Bank, AfDB.

Buhari’s congratulatory message was contained in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, titled “President Buhari congratulates AfDB President, Akinwunmi Adesina on re-election, leads round of applause at Council of State meeting.”

According to the statement, Buhari congratulated Adesina on behalf of the Federal Executive Council and Nigerians in general.

The presidential spokesman said the news of the victory came during the Council of State meeting, which was attended by former Heads of State, President of the Senate, state governors, some ministers and senior government officials.

The statement read, “As Secretary to Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, announced the good news, President Buhari led a round of applause, and declared: ‘He deserves it.’

“The President extends appreciation to the African Union for its endorsement of the AfDB President much earlier, and to shareholders of the bank who worked tirelessly to ensure the return of the visionary leader.”

Buhari pledged full support of his government to ensure a successful tenure for the AfDB leadership.

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, also extended his congratulatory message to Adesina.

Lawan, in a statement by his media office said Adesina’s victory unequivocally affirmed the confidence and trust of the shareholders, management and staff of the bank in his leadership and the direction he was taking it.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, described the reelection of Adesina as a triumph of integrity and dedication to duty.

Gbajabiamila, who expressed his happiness over the development in a statement issued on Thursday by his Media Adviser, Lanre Lasisi, said the reelection had provided Adesina with another opportunity to consolidate and sustain AfDB as a global financial force, even as it pushes African development agenda.

A former Speaker of the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States, Ike Ekweremadu, also congratulated Adesina.

Ekweremadu, who is also a former deputy president of the Nigerian Senate, in a statement in Abuja, described Adesina’s re-election as “a landmark victory, not only for Nigeria, but also for Africa as a whole.

Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Thursday, also congratulated Adesina.

Fayemi, who is the Chairman, Nigerian Governors’ Forum, in a congratulatory message in Ado- Ekiti entitled ‘Fayemi congratulates Adesina on re-election as AfDB President’, described it as “well deserved”.

In the message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, the governor described Adesina’s re-election as “an attestation to his dynamic and pragmatic leadership which has helped to reposition the bank”.

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, also voiced his delight at the reelection of Adesina.

Sanwo-Olu in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, said Adesina’s re-election was a testimony to his hard work, dedication and commitment to the growth and development of the Africa continent.

Sanwo-Olu, who described Adesina as a good ambassador of Nigeria and Africa, said the AfDB President deserved to be re-elected having distinguished himself during his first term in office as the head of the international organisation.

The Governor also appreciated and commended President Muhammadu Buhari and those who played crucial roles in the re-election bid of the former Nigerian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, as President of AfDB.

He said: “On behalf of my family and the people of Lagos State, I want to congratulate Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina on your re-election as the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB). Your re-election is well-deserved.

“Having proved yourself as a good administrator and technocrat in different public offices at national and international levels in the last 30 years, I am confident that your re-election will bring more development to the Africa continent as you supervise the affairs of African Development Bank for another five years.”

Oriental News Nigeria, reports that Adesina was re-elected to serve a second five-year term as President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB); with 100 per cent votes of all regional and non-regional members of the Bank.

The Chairperson of the Board of Governors of the AfDB, Mrs. Niale Kaba, announced this after the election conducted by virtual on Thursday, August 27.

Adesina was first elected as President of the Bank on May 28, 2015; and will also begin his new term of another five years on September 1.

Kaba said she was delighted that the Board of Governors had re-elected Adesina for a second term in office as AfDB President.

“As shareholders, we strongly support the Bank and will give him all the necessary support to carry forward and implement his compelling vision for the Bank over the next five years,” she said.

Adesina’s first term focused on the bold new agenda for the Bank Group based on five development priorities known as the High 5s

The High 5s are Light up and Power Africa; Feed Africa; Industrialize Africa; Integrate Africa, as well as Improve the Quality of Life for the People of Africa.

The AfDB president had on Wednesday said the Bank achieved impactful results on the lives of 335 million Africans; including 18million people with access to electricity; and also 141 million people benefited from improved agricultural technologies for food security.

According to him, 15 million people have access to finance from private investments, 101 million people provided with access to improved transport and 60 million people gained access to water and sanitation.

The Bank has maintained its AAA-ratings by all major global credit rating agencies for five years in a row; while the Board of Governors of the Bank Group approved a 125 percent increase in the General Capital of the Bank.

The capital rose from 93 billion dollars to 208 billion dollars, the largest in the history of the Bank.

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